Dogs are a lot like people as they learn at different paces. If you want to be successful in crate training older dog you need to be patient. This calls for you to keep on trying different techniques until you find one that works well on your older dog. Of course, your dog will love going into his crate on his own to take a nap!
Crates are in fact a terrific way to keep your dog out of trouble. It can also be a safe place for your dog to go to sleep. You need to make sure you choose the right crate size for your dog. Unless your dog is still growing, you’ll want to choose one that is big enough for him to grow into.
The crate should be big enough for him to stand up and turn around. To help keep your dog out of trouble and also from making mistakes, put the crate in a place where you can easily keep an eye on. This can also prevent him from developing bad habits.
I would suggest to put the crate in an area of the house where you are. Your dog does not need to be in the same room as you are. Put the crate in an area where you can be near the action if your dog needs your attention and is within your line of sight.
It’s a good idea to put your dog’s favorite toy inside the crate to help keep him busy. Take time to get your dog used to being in the crate for short periods of time. Don’t just throw him in there and close the door, he’ll be upset.
Instead, leave the crate door closed until he is calm and then go ahead and open it. Soon he will learn that he has a safe and comfortable place to go in to when he needs a little privacy.
Also, begin putting your dog inside the crate at night. Make him sleep in there so that he can build a positive association with the crate.
It may take a couple of days or even several weeks to see successful in crate training your dog, depending on your dog’s breed. The important thing is to follow through with your training. If you don’t, you may have problems with your dog when you put him inside the crate. He may feel like he is being punished.
One of the proven way to get your dog to love his crate is to get his attention. Did you know that if you put your hands up when talking to your dog and gave him lot of praise, he is guaranteed to open his eyes, looking at you, hoping for more praise from you in the future.
By getting your dog’s attention in this way, you have a wonderful means of getting him to come to you when you command him to. You can use this approach to train him to “love” his crate, praising him when he goes to the crate upon your commands.
Remember to also get a comfy blanket and put that in the crate too, for extra comfort and safety. Get a treat bag and put some of your dog’s favorite treats in the crate, along with a chew toy. Find toys that are safe for your dog to chew. They should be made for chewing and not easily be ripped apart or having small parts that your dog can swallow and causing digestive problems.
Place the treat bag in the crate during the initial training so that he begins to associate this with a treat. Repeat this a few times until he goes in automatically upon hearing the command – “crate”.
When starting your crate training, you will also need to teach your dog to walk on a leash. Place the treats just inside the door of the crate. When your dog goes into the crate, give him the treat. If he tries to get past the treats on his own, pull on the leash and say NO!.
You might also want to close the crate door while your dog is inside. If he starts barking, do not immediately let him out. After a few minutes, he will get the idea that he needs to wait to go outside.
There are many theories about putting a dog in a crate. Some dog trainers say it is cruel thing to do so, but others say it is necessary in order to get the dog house trained. When you follow the steps above, both you and your dog will have a better experience with using the crate.
It is very important to know about your dog’s behavior when he is in the crate, and how he feels about the crate. Does he feel cooped up, annoyance, or trapped? You will have to judge on how he feels, so he may just use the crate for a sleep or just to avoid being chained in the yard.
On the other hand, he may retreat to the crate because he is afraid of freedom. If your dog retreats to his crate at night, he may be telling you that he is afraid of other dogs, or people. So crate training is essential, not cruel.
It’s also important to match your dog’s needs with his crate. Your dog’s size, for example, should match the size of the crate. So if your dog is a small breed such as Shiba Inu, Border Terriers or Pekingese, go for a small crate that is just big enough for him to lie down and stand and turn around, that’s a good size for him.